Jerusalem (CNN) — Outspoken American TV and radio personality Glenn Beck found a friendly audience Monday in the Israeli Parliament as he spoke to a group on how Israel can improve its international image.
The conservative pundit took aim at “the media” accusing it of distorting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “In America the media is so skewed on Israel — honestly, I thought you can only cook your food over a burning bus,” Beck recollected humorously about what he expected before his first trip to Israel.
But he was serious when he said, “Here is the truth (about the) Israeli -Palestinian conflict — at the ruling class, (the conflict) is about the destruction of Israel and about the end of the Western way of life, period.”
Beck spoke as a guest of the Knesset’s Committee on Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs. In addition to mostly right-wing Knesset members, the committee room was packed with guests who were strong Glenn Beck fans, applauding enthusiastically as he entered the room.
Sounding at times like an evangelist, Beck proclaimed, “The times that we live in — I am wildly clear … that God’s hand is at work.” Evil must be confronted, he urged, and “God will do the rest.”
Several Knesset members expressed their ardent appreciation to Beck for his staunch and unequivocal support of Israel.
Beck plans to return to Israel in late August with supporters to hold three large events in what he calls the “Restore Hope” campaign, similar to his rally in Washington last August. The aim of the trip is to draw support for Israel and oppose plans by Palestinian leader to go to the United Nations in September seeking recognition for Palestine as an independent country.
One Knesset member from the centrist Atzmaut party who came to thank Beck was Einat Wilf. When asked about having the controversial talker at Israel’s parliament, she responded, “These days we need all the help we can get.”
“I don’t think anyone can contest that Glenn Beck has the ability to reach tens of millions of people and to convince them, and as Israel finds itself in an intellectual battle for its own story, as Zionism continues to be under attack, we need to understand how to make sure that our truth is heard … and anyone who can help us with that is more than welcome,” Wilf said.